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Stephen Godaire December 13, 2004 Dr. Kozikowski ENG 121B Common Themes in Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, A Doll’s House, and Death of a Salesman Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex , Shakespeare’s Hamlet , Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House , and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman all possess multiple commonalities. First, the presence of a ghost-like character exists in all four pieces. There is also a secret found in each of these works. Another quality that these plays share is that they all begin at an ending and end at a beginning. All of these plays possess a similar “cause and effect” characteristic; the cause being the main characters tragic flaw and the effect being the death of the main character. Found throughout these plays is the critical presence of a female character who plays an important role often shaping the outcome of the play as well as the main male character. Common to all four plays is the presence of a ghost-like character who haunts certain characters throughout each of the plays. In Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex , the ghost-like character is Tiresias, the blind soothsayer of Thebes. Tiresias tells Oedipus that he is the murderer he himself hunts, and Oedipus does not believe him. However, Oedipus claims to confide great trust Tiresias. The literal blindness of the soothsayer points to the metaphorical blindness of those who refuse to believe the truth about themselves when they hear it spoken. Tiresias haunts Oedipus in that he tells him towards the beginning that it was he who murdered his own father
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